John Trotter, Sr.
Stefan Bielinski

John Trotter, Sr. was born in Europe during the 1720s. He probably came to America with the British army and was the founder of the Trotter family of early Albany.

By 1750, he had married Albany native Anna Hogan. By 1760, five of their children had been baptized in Albany churches. In 1756, his name was included on a census of Albany householders.

During the Seven Years War, he served in the Mohawk Valley in the Commissary Department of the British army. Later, he applied for land grants by virtue of military service.

In 1764, he was named co-executor of his father-in-law's estate. In 1771, his family was included on a list of members of St. Peter's English church.

John Trotter, Sr. probably was dead by 1775. However, a John Trotter later was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany County militia!



the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of John Trotter, Sr. is CAP biography number 4909. This profile is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

Filling in the gaps in this biography is complicated by the lives of John Trotters of Massachusetts, New York, Maryland-Virginia, and the Indian country!

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first posted: 9/10/03